The Sociable Soccer Kickstarter has been canceled

Sociable Soccer

The Kickstarter for Sociable Soccer, the "spiritual successor" to the much-loved early-90s arcade soccer sim Sensible Soccer, kicked off earlier this month with a £300,000 ($457,000) goal. Sadly for those who wanted to see it happen (sorry, Tim), it managed to pull in just over ten percent of that amount in its first two weeks, and has now been canceled.

There's no "final update" explaining the decision to cancel, but the Kickstarter now leads with a message confirming that it's over. "Dear Backers and Fans, thank you for your support. Development is continuing full steam ahead but unfortunately the Kickstarter campaign is now closed," it says. "Sociable Soccer is still happening and will come out in due course through traditional publishing channels."

Sensible/Sociable Soccer creator Jon Hare told Eurogamer that a prototype of the new game that "plays amazingly well" has already been developed, and while the crowdfunding campaign failed to attract much attention among gamers, it did draw the notice of game publishers. "Much more than that I cannot say at the moment, except that development is continuing at full tilt and when we get nearer to confirming how we will be bringing the game to market we will be sure to let you know," he said.

Fans who want to follow the future of Sociable Soccer may now do so on its Facebook page.

Sociable Soccer Kickstarter cancellation message

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.